I was in New York City for the Vogue Knitting LIVE convention, and a couple of my good friends from Portland, Oregon and Philadelphia – who, by the way, are awesome knitters – came as well. To save money, the three of us decided to share a room at a hotel in Times Square.
Fortunately, my one of my friend’s cousins, a New Yorker, offered to take us on a walking tour of the city one afternoon between conference meetings. Her cousin was a professional musician who had lived in the Big Apple for years and knew the city well.
Because it was so cold that day, I wore a vintage, Lilli Ann swing coat that I had purchased at an estate sale a few years ago for just $6. I also put on my freeform crochet hat and scarf.
During lunch, I just happened to mention that I liked to thrift, but I didn't have any plans to shop that day. So, later that afternoon, as we walked around the city, I was surprised when he asked if I wanted to stop by the Housing Works thrift store on Columbus Avenue and 74th Street.
Of course I said, yes. The day before, when I checked into the hotel, a clerk told me about this resale store and said it was one of her favorite places to shop for high-end, used clothing.
Housing Works thrift stores are run by a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless and people with AIDS. They have several thrift shops throughout the city to support their charitable work.
When we walked into Housing Works, the place was packed. My friends were so surprised to see that many people, young and old, in a second hand store. They said they hadn’t realized that thrifting had become so popular.
The store was cute. Its layout reminded me of a hip boutique.
Right away I saw a good-looking Victorian-era desk that was on sale for just $200. I love antiques, but that day, I had preloved shoes and clothes on my mind. That’s what I wanted to see.
Thank goodness we dropped by Housing Works when we did because the store had a special sale on shoes that day. All shoes were just $10 and boots were $15.
I bought this pair of black flats that came from Barney’s of New York. The shoes had leather soles. (If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you know how much I love it whenever I find gently used, preloved shoes with leather soles.) The shoes were a European size 40, which is a size nine or 10 here in the United States.
My girlfriend from Portland said that when she saw me with that cashmere coat, she secretly hoped that I would put it back because she wanted that coat, too.
Before that day, she wasn't a thrifter, but after seeing the bargains I snagged that day, she said she definitely wanted to go thrifting with me again in New York City. I had to smile when she said that because I realized instantly that I had just fulfilled two of my thrift shopping resolutions for the year.
Want to see some of my other thrifted winter coats? Check out my post Let’s Talk About Coats.
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